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OrangeShow

The Orange Show


Upon retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in 1959, Jeff McKissack began to transform an empty lot near his house into a massive monument to his favorite fruit—the orange. McKissack spent 20 years building his tribute to the orange with recycled materials (tractor seats, old pipes, and bricks) and created a complex maze made of walkways, exhibits, decks, and amphitheaters. McKissack passed away months after opening the Orange Show to the public, but the Orange Show Foundation was formed soon after to preserve the site as a testimony to his creativity.

Fun Fact: The Orange Show Foundation produced the first Art Car Parade in 1988, featuring creations from around the world.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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